Hooray! A new year! A new beginning to Project Life. Today I am going to share an update on my Project Life 2011 album and my plans for 2012. I hope this is helpful to many of you who are beginning your projects as well.
Project Life 2011
No, Operation Project Life was not a success and my album did not get finished.
Yes, I am going to do my best to get it done while also starting my 2012 album.
Over the holiday, I went through my photos and selected everything for November and December, and ordered my prints. I also have completed about three months of journaling cards.
Progress is being made. I am certainly a lot better off than I was in this post.
I am extending myself some grace. After all, 2011 was filled with a lot of change and challenges (pregnancy sickness, new baby, mourning the loss of loved ones…). My goal is to work on journaling one night a week until I am caught up. Realistically, I don’t know if it will happen, but I am definitely going to try. I have never totally completed a Project Life album. I would like to change that.
Project Life 2012: The Plan and Tools
After three years of treating Project Life as a daily photo exercise, I am moving to the weekly documentation approach. This means, I will focus on doing a spread of our week instead of a Sunday photo, a Monday photo, etc.
I found myself gravitating toward this approach the second half of last year, and I think this will give me the freedom to not feel so chained to one photo per day style + 7 journaling cards. I am looking forward to this new approach + adding more bits of every day life to my album.
This does not mean I will pick up my camera less. I still intend to photograph the ordinary and the extraordinary of every day life.
If you want inspiration for the weekly approach, check out Ali Edwards‘ Project Life pages from 2011. They are incredible. My album will not be nearly as elaborate as Ali’s (her one year filled two albums), but I definitely plan to include a larger variety of photos/album pages/life bits than I have in the past.
I plan to stick mostly to the kit materials + maybe a few ribbons, stickers, stamps + a few different style page protectors- mostly out of necessity to keep things as simple as possible. This is what I like so much about the Project Life kits – they are so streamlined and offer everything you need to create a really beautiful keepsake for your family. You don’t NEED a lot of extras. Spreads don’t take a huge amount of time. As a busy mom who works full-time, I need and appreciate the simple style.
Here are some of the life bits I plan to include to enhance my album:
- Handprint art
- Art from the kids’ school
- Magazines of timely events
- Mail scraps – catalogs, World Vision letters, etc.
- Tickets/programs from events
To stay organized, I plan to use the core kit box + simple 12×12 box that the Project Life pages came in this year for my extra Project Life materials and life bits. Since we don’t have a lot of storage in our condo, this will help me keep all of my supplies and ephemera in one place. I like how thin and sturdy it is. I think it will work well, but will have to try it for a few weeks to see. My plan B is to use one of those 12×12 envelopes that you can get for less than $2 at any craft store.
I have seen some folks have bins filled with lots of extras to incorporate into their albums. While I love how their albums look, the style isn’t for me at this time in my life, so I think the simple storage solution will work well. If do want to add some additional embellishments, I will just go to my craft closet and get them.
Here are the basic materials I will be using:
- Project Life Core Kit
- Project Life Binder
- Project Life Cardstock
- Big Envelope Pages
- 6 x 12 Page Protectors
- 6 x 12 pages for 4×6 Photos
- Becky Higgins Photo Pocket Pages
Project Life Tuesday 2012
It starts next week! A new year comes a new sense of excitment and commitment to this project and weekly linky.
I am going to be doing things a bit different this year. Instead of photos + journaling, I will be sharing completed layouts thanks to Epson. You see, my biggest hurdle is 2009, 2010, 2011 was staying on top of getting my weekly spreads done. This was in part because I only developed photos every 6-8 weeks. Well that is all changing!
Epson sent me their Stylus R2880 Large Format Photo Printer to review and use to print all the photos for my Project Life album this year. Each week I will be printing my photos at home and sharing completed layouts on Tuesdays. I have read great things about the Stylus Photo R2880 and am so excited to begin using it. (THANK YOU EPSON!)
Of course, you are invited to link up and share your pictures, journaling, spreads, etc. I hope you will participate! Project Life Tuesday is a great way to stay on top of your photos and generate traffic to your blog.
Project Life Links
A lot of people have been writing about Project Life and their approach over the past few weeks. Here are a few great posts you may be interested in reading:
- Michelle Wooderson: Project Life Organization
- Glue Stick Girl: Project Life: How I Make It Work for Me
- Stephanie Howell: Project Life 2012… My Title Page
- Becky Higgins: Project Life: The Title Page
Project Life on Pinterest
If you are on Pinterest, I recommend starting a Project Life board to store layouts, ideas, etc. that inspire you.
Project Life is amazing because it can be whatever YOU want it to be. Please share in the comments your approach to Project Life for 2012!